April is the official kickoff of the highway construction season, and in Ohio that means 936 separate projects begin across the state, costing a combined $2.5 billion.
Cuyahoga County has the lion's share of investment in ODOT's three-county District 12, with $690 million in construction, a number that includes both new Inner Belt bridges.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, some $65 million in Lake County construction includes a major repaving project on Interstate 90. In Geauga County, ODOT is spending $29 million on four road resurfacing jobs, one minor road rehabilitation and one culvert project.
Locally, motorists will see work begin or resume on:
-- A $6.7 million resurfacing of Triskett Road in Cleveland, between Lorain Avenue and West 117th Street, and Warren Road between Lorain Avenue and Munn Road. Triskett will be closed during construction between Lorain and West 117th. Warren Road traffic will be maintained.
-- A $1.8 million addition of capacity on the Interstate 480 eastbound and westbound ramps at Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn. There will be no closures during peak drive times but overnight lane closures on I-480.
-- $6.6 million in structural steel repairs to the truss portion of the Main Avenue Bridge in Cleveland. No traffic changes are expected.
-- Replacement of the State Route 87 bridge over the RTA tracks at Woodhill Road and Shaker Boulevard in Cleveland. The $9.2 project includes installing a new water main. One lane will be maintained in each direction on Woodhill. Look for complete closures at the intersection of Buckeye Road and Woodhill.
-- Extension of West 73rd Street in Cleveland, a $21.1 million chapter in continuing work to connect the city's west side neighborhoods with Lake Erie.
-- $27.4 million to replace the bridge deck on Interstate 77 in Independence and Cuyahoga Heights. Three lanes of I-77 in both directions will be maintained. The I-77 southbound ramp to westbound I-480 and the eastbound I-480 ramp to I-77 North will be closed.
The Ohio Turnpike is partially or entirely funding multiple phases of five different projects that will begin or continue this year:
-- Construction of Cleveland's eastbound George V. Voinovich Bridge in Cleveland
-- Interstate 75 highway reconstruction program through Wood and Hancock counties
-- Reconstruction of State Route 57 in Lorain County
-- Widening of Interstate 271 in northern Summit County
-- Construction of the first phase of Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor.
Is your state managing highway & bridge repair as aggressively as Ohio?